A man whose relatives are missing in the deadly Florida condo tower collapse claimed Friday that not enough is being done to find survivors in the 30-foot pile of rubble.
“It looks like an extraction effort — not a rescue effort,” said Mike Silber, 33.
“An extraction effort is after it is determined that they are not alive. Ninety percent of those people are in that rubble.”
Silber said the US Army Corps of Engineers should be in charge of the search.
“They should have 150 to 200 people collectively picking up rocks,” he said.
Silber said his uncle, building resident Harold Rosenberg, and two cousins are among the 159 people still missing following Thursday morning’s collapse at the Champlain Towers South in Surfside, near Miami Beach.
“They’re amazing people and they deserve to be given a real chance to survive,” he said.
The cousins — Rosenberg’s daughter, Malki Rosenberg, and her husband Benny Weiss — live in New Jersey and were staying with Harold in unit 212, Silber said.
“I see his balcony. I see his furniture in the rubble,” he said.
Silber also said his best friend’s parents are among the missing.
“There are 160 families under the rubble. Each one of them deserves a chance,” he said.
Silber also said of the searchers, “We’re being told that they’re the best crews. I’m not discounting what they’re collectively trying to do.”
“But at the end of the day, they don’t have the ability and the capacity to be able to do this.”